Day 350: Rosemary-Parmesan Twists


Here’s something that for all intents and purposes shouldn’t have a name, but when I go to post it I have to call it something.

We had an all-day meeting going over scripts/recipes/details of It’s Just Food, which we start shooting again in 6 weeks. (Gulp.) I was done around 5:30, but Mike ran into icy gridlock on the way to pick me up, and W had a five-alarm meltdown upon arriving back home and being wrestled out of his car seat (he had just fallen asleep), so by the time we got in the door it was after 7. Fortunately, I had an oh-so-attractive Ziploc baggie of salmon chunks tucked under my arm; leftovers from the event I cooked for on Saturday (at Willow Park, which owns the production company that does the TV show, which is where the offices are). I had this ambitous idea to make a noodle salad with the edamame I have in the freezer, but when I walked in the door and discovered there was still some cooked brown rice in the fridge; sold.

A hot skillet with a bit of butter and sesame oil, cold rice, a few stalks of chopped broccolini which I thrust into a bit of boiling water for a few minutes just to get it going, and some already cooked salmon chunks. A drizzle of soy sauce at the end and truthfully I thought it wouldn’t do much but fill the void, but it was pretty damn delicious. (W did not agree and ate pita pizza.)

The rosemary twists I didn’t make today; they were a test for a photo for an article for Dogs in Canada magazine (a crunchy treat that’s just as yummy for humans as for dogs) and they just happened to be on the bread box while I was cooking up the rice thingy. And it occurred to me that it might make a nice addition to cheese plates or served with wine this holiday season.

These crunchy bread sticks are quick to make and can be flavoured with almost anything; serve them in a tall glass or vase alongside a cheese platter, or tuck them into lunch boxes. I used rosemary and Parmesan cheese, but try any of the suggested flavourings or a combination of them, or experiment with your own additions.

Rosemary-Parmesan Twists


December 15, 2008


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

flavourings: 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, 1 Tbsp. pesto, 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (use their oil in place of the oil below), 1/4 cup pitted black olives, 1/2 cup grated sharp cheese, 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese, 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, 1 crushed garlic clove

3 Tbsp. canola or olive oil

1/2-3/4 cup water or milk

Coarse salt, for sprinkling (optional)


1Preheat oven to 400°F.

2Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add any flavourings you like and pulse until chopped and blended in with the remaining ingredients. Add the oil and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. (Alternatively, blend everything together in a bowl with a spatula or whisk.)

3With the machine running, pour 1/2 cup of cold water or milk through the feed tube and pulse, adding extra if you need it until the dough starts to come together. This will depend on your flour and what flavourings you added; I usually need 1/2 cup plus about 2 Tbsp. of liquid.

4Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, gather it into a ball and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Roll the dough out about 1/4” thick, sprinkle it with salt (if you like), and roll lightly to help the salt adhere. Cut into 1/4”-1/2” wide strips as long or short as you like, then twist the strips and place them on an ungreased baking sheet, pressing the ends lightly onto the sheet if they start to unravel. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden.

5Makes about 2 dozen breadsticks.


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6 comments on “Day 350: Rosemary-Parmesan Twists

  1. A
    December 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    It’s funny what we covet. When my grandparents passed away I too asked for the things everybody else was ready to throw away. Old chipped PetalWare, faded Pyrex,old linens etc.

  2. Kathy H
    December 16, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your Grandma’s recipe. The cookies sound scrumptious. I too have a box full of recipes and books from my grandmother, which I rarely look at, for fear of the paper disintegrating, but I love to see her spidery handwriting and the trip down memory lane is so precious.

  3. Anne csak
    July 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Love marmalade – having problem locating Grandma Woodall’s Marmalade cookies recipe – clicked on to recipe index – clicked onto Grandma’s cookies – no recipe.
    Where can I find it?
    Follow your column in Swerve – good reading and of course, good cooking.

    • Julie
      July 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Oh no Anne – yes, I have a bunch of broken links on my blog. Time for an extreme makeover! It’s on my to-do list. If you email me I’ll send you the recipe!

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